That's why I like to run when on business trips, that's why a switch my every-day routes in many ever so subtle ways and that's why I love orienteering. Wednesday is the day for what I call my "Cadenza Run," i.e. James has a sax lesson at Cadenza Music on Snelling Ave, giving me 35 minutes to kill. Perfect for a quick run down Selby or Marshall or one of the side Streets to the Mississippi and back along Summit Ave.
During the short stretch along the Mississippi River Blvd I noticed a trail a few meters below the street level. Until today, it had been too icy or too wet or I did not think of it, but today, it had to happen. As I ran down Dayton, crossing Exeter Pl, I saw Mary coming home. I stopped to say hi and mentioned my plan. "Oh," she said, "Shadow Falls Trail, I walked it but I've never run it."
So now I had a name: Shadow Falls. A couple of minutes later I got there. The trail access was easy to find. I let Mellie off and was a little worried when she headed straight for the top of the bluff. But she's a pretty smart little pup and did not jump. Or fall.
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How great to run on a soft meandering trail instead of hard blacktop. We left Shadow Falls on our right and, staying fairly level, ran towards the bottom of the ravine that falls away steeply from where Mississippi River Blvd almost touches Cretin Ave. I had to cross the creek several times, while Mellie decided to run in the creek, stopping occasionally to lap some water. We exited the ravine where the river blvd. makes a hairpin turn.
The rest of the run was as before, though I had taken to taking the alley between Summit and Portland. Alleys are almost like ravines, you never know what lies behind the next garage.